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Frustration Quest

Yesterday was L. Frank Baum’s birthday, so I figured I should write something Oz-related, but I’ve probably covered just about every possible topic when it comes to Baum’s creation. I was thinking recently, however, about how I usually say The … Continue reading

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Perfectly Petrified

Writing about the legend that Emperor Constantine XI Palaiologos was turned into a marble statue and buried near the Golden Gate of Constantinople got me thinking of the mentions of such statues in the Oz books. For some reason, L. … Continue reading

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These Walls Can Talk

The Oz series in general is big on having normally inanimate objects walk and talk, from the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman in the first book on through living beings made of wood, glass, stone, smoke, ice and snow, foodstuffs, and … Continue reading

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Things We Did on Glass

I’ve been thinking of the uses of glass in the Oz books, particularly when applied in a magical way. The Mangaboos live in glass buildings that grew out of the ground and can grow back together again if they’ve been … Continue reading

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It’s Gorilla Time

The Red Gorilla of Oz, by Richard Capwell – In some ways, this is a pretty typical Oz adventure, with someone from a small community seeking help from the Ozian establishment in resolving a problem. In this case, it’s a … Continue reading

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Wishing and Hoping

One common theme in fairy tales is an item or character who grants wishes. Honestly, I find this idea to be problematic, because they’re so ill-defined. Can a wishing item or creature grant ANY wish, or do they have limits? … Continue reading

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Making Life Out of Nothing at All

One thing for which Oz is known is its collection of magically animated beings. In that fairyland, anything from a scarecrow to a footstool to a painting can come to life, always with its own distinct personality. The first book … Continue reading

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